The iconic Bluebirds striker talks addiction, Newcastle United and being forced out of Cardiff City in an exclusive interview Full Story: The new life of Michael Chopra, the tormented Cardiff City hero - https://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/new-life-michael-chopra-tormented-17209857 The beef with Bellamy He remembers one game, Bristol City away, when he went to look at his phone at half time to read a motivational message from Steve Black, who has worked with top professionals like Jonny Wilkinson. Bellamy, however, was having none of it. "Craig Bellamy was there and I think he was giving it to the owners that they need to get me out," Chopra says. "He had been at Man City, the professionalism there, coming to Cardiff and looking at me, he didn't think I was professional enough. "He wasn't happy one game, Bristol City away I think it was. I was superstitious and would check my phone at half time. "It wasn't there and I said, 'Gaffer, someone has pinched my phone.' "Bellamy had told one of the physios to get my phone out of my pocket and hide it somewhere so I wouldn't look at it and it wouldn't distract me. "So I just said to him, 'Listen, I want my phone or I'm not f****** going back out after half-time. "Since then, he probably thought I'm not professional enough for Cardiff City if they want to try and get into the Premier League." So, that was that. An ultimately sad ending for a club hero who, to all intents and purposes, didn't want to leave. He was shipped out to Ipswich before heading to Blackpool. He had a few Twitter foul-ups and was fined £10,000 after one rant at how poor Blackpool training was. After a spell in India with Sachin Tendulkar-owned Kerala Blasters and a short stint at Alloa in Scotland, he called it a day.